Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Bahucharaji Temple, Mehsana, Patan, GujaratIt is considered as one of the three holy `Shakti Peeths` in Gujarat. Millions of Hindu devotees throng the temple every month. Bahucharaji Temple is the famous temple of Goddess Bahucharji nestled at the Mehsanan town near the Patan district. There are 3 temples of Bahucrarji- `Adyasthan` is the original temple, while the middle temple is known as `Madhyasthan`. In the nearby town, there is a Varkhadi tree, where it is believed that the Goddess had made an appearance Herself.

Bahucharaji temple was built in 1839 AD by Gaikwad Sarkar, Maharaja of Baroda. The inner walls are intrinsically decorated with medieval carvings and animated paintings. The South and North Gates are built in the shape of a zharukha. There is also a `havan mandap` for performing yajnas. The temple has been constructed keeping in mind the laws of Vaastu Shastra. A vast meeting hall has been built by the temple trustees to organize meetings, functions and restrict footfall of the worshippers. Fairs are held every year, in the months of Chaitra and Ashadhi purnima. Bahucharaji Temple is open from 5.00 AM to 9.00 PM, while pujas are conducted from 7.00 AM till 11.00 Am.

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